‘Haldighati’: The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – I

By Smita Mukerji “The son of Udai is beyond his price. Despair has driven many to this mart to witness their dishonour; From such infamy the descendent of Hamír alone has been preserved.” 443 years ago, on a hot mid-May Summer day, two fearsome armies lay in wait in anticipation of action, eyeballing each other … Continue reading ‘Haldighati’: The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – I

‘Haldighati’ The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – IV

By Smita Mukerji Read the previous section of this series here. “When army commingled with army They stirred up the resurrection-day upon earth. Two oceans of blood shocked together: The soil became tulip-coloured from the burning waves.”[1] T H E   B A T T L E Haldighati was not entirely unfrequented, as it lay on … Continue reading ‘Haldighati’ The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – IV

‘Haldighati’ The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – V

By Smita Mukerji Read the previous section of this series here. “Partáp, with the flower of Mewár, defended the head of the pass, and glorious was the struggle for its maintenance. Clan after clan followed one another with desperate intrepidity, emulating the daring of their prince, who led the crimson banner”[1] O U T C O … Continue reading ‘Haldighati’ The Thermopylae Of Rajasthan – V

The ‘Secularisation’ of Shivaji – 1

An accurate interpretation of the term ‘Hindavi Swarajya’ would be: Hindu Paramountcy... an assertion of the ascendance of Hindus in the lands of their ancestors, primacy of their civilisational ethos, religious values and cultural expressions to eradicate the corrupting and degrading influence and ignominious vassalage to Islamic rule. And there is not a single act in the career of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj that deviated from this vision.

Prince Jaisiah’s Strong Defence Of Debal In Sindh Against Arab Aggression

Aggression Of Al Hajjaj And Renewed Attacks On Temple Town Of Debal (Devalaya) After the end of Caliph Muawiyah’s reign, Sindh experienced peace and respite from Arab aggression for the next twenty years. However, with the appointment of Al Hajjaj ibn Yusuf as governor of Iraq in 695 A.D. by the succeeding Umayyad Caliph Abd … Continue reading Prince Jaisiah’s Strong Defence Of Debal In Sindh Against Arab Aggression